Ministers have concluded that Northern Ireland would not have to reapply to the EU for membership as a new country if it voted for reunification, according to The Times.
A letter from David Davis, Brexit secretary to SDLP MP Mark Durkan as seen by The Times, has revealed Britain’s position and clarified the government’s views on their status within the EU.
Mr Davis’s letter says that the British government’s position remains to “support Northern Ireland’s current constitutional status”.
There are also fears that Brexit will take its toll on Northern Ireland’s economy including the health service, education, voluntary groups and services.
The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire said ‘We now have a short window of opportunity to resolve outstanding issues and for an Executive to be formed’
‘We are rapidly approaching the point, at which Northern Ireland will not have an agreed budget,’
Brokenshire also said how significant gaps remain between the parties, particularly over issues surrounding culture and identity, but the government have made proposals in order to bridge the gap.
Political leadership and stability are what people require, Brokenshire said.
‘There has been one clear purpose, to re-establish an inclusive, devolved administration at Stormont in accordance with the 1998 Belfast Agreement and its successors.’ Brokenshire stated.
From tomorrow a civil servant, the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary, will exercise powers to allocate cash to Northern Ireland departments. This will be until a budget is arranged.